Things to con­sider…

Ev­ery­thing you need to know be­fore get­ting started

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE -

Stor­age space mat­ters

HRA files are mas­sive, so you need to think in terms of hun­dreds of gi­ga­bytes, not tens. For­get about in­ter­nal me­mory: it’s al­ways too lit­tle for more than a few songs. Look for de­vices with Mi­croSD card slots in­stead.

Stores are lim­ited

Ap­ple doesn’t cur­rently of­fer HRA tracks on the iTunes Store or Ap­ple Mu­sic, so you’ll need to go else­where to ob­tain them. e-onkyo, 7dig­i­tal, Tech­nics Tracks and Qobuz are the big ones, and Tidal has some HRA tracks too.

iPhones can do it, sort of

The head­phone jack isn’t good enough for HRA – the iPhone 6s’s dig­i­tal-to-ana­logue con­verter goes to 24-bit/48KHz – but you can use the Light­ning con­nec­tor, cam­era adap­tor ca­ble and an HRA app to out­put in full qual­ity.

Ac­ces­sories are im­por­tant

Your au­dio sig­nal is only as good as your au­dio ac­ces­sories: if your head­phones pri­ori­tise fash­ion over fidelity then HRA is a waste of your time and money. Just like 4K TV, HRA needs good qual­ity equip­ment.

You might not need it

Good HRA play­ers can be pricey, and you might get bet­ter re­sults by up­grad­ing your ex­ist­ing au­dio com­po­nents in­stead. A bet­ter amp or bet­ter head­phones will of­ten make a big­ger dif­fer­ence than a higher sam­ple rate.

The MP3 and AAC for­mats are in­fe­rior to CD, let alone a higher qual­ity mas­ter

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